All posts tagged: france

Noël en France

Despite the fact that I had been dreaming for a white Christmas, that wasn’t to be the case, but my Christmas was lovely all the same! It was spent eating and drinking far too much and it was definitely special to have spent it with family that I don’t get to see very often. Here is a collection of photos I took during my short stay back in Vicq-sur-Breuilh. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Years! Advertisements

Update: August 2014

This month has been a very chilled and relaxing month for me. I’ve been spending time on the farm that my aunty works on, pretty much doing nothing (and that’s a good thing). It’s been a lot of meeting new people, millions of cheek kisses and lots of delicious food. It’s crazy to think that in just over three weeks I’ll be waving goodbye to the farm life and going back to big cities for Uni in the UK. These past couple of weeks have been filled with lots of planning for Freshers week in Cardiff, (I am so excited,) finding my fellow flatmates and enrolling etc. It’s definitely making me more and more excited, and I’m already dreading having to leave, despite not even being there yet! I still have a lot to catch up on blogging-wise, it’s difficult without wifi on the farm (I have to drive 10 minutes away to even get 3G), but I’ll get there slowly and surely, especially once I get to Cardiff. Expect posts about Nice, Monaco, more …

Planes and Trains

3 July 2014 Today was a big travel day for us as we were leaving Germany by plane to go back to Paris and then taking a train down to Limoges. We woke up, had breakfast and then did last minute packing before checking out of our hotel. We still had a few hours to kill so off we trekked with our backpacks and suitcases to do some last minute shopping. We then headed to the big central station to catch the S-Bahn to the airport for our flight. After a bit of trouble checking in luggage, we had a wee bit of a rush (that’s an understatement) to our departure gate- which had changed last minute. The rush also included me forgetting my boarding pass at customs (that was one major freak out I had). Luckily one of the security found me before I had to do the quick sprint all the way back. We finally got on the plane safe and sound and had our super quick flight back to Paris where Catherine …

Chateau de Versailles

For some reason this has been sitting as a draft among my posts and has gone unpublished, so here it is…. finally!   27 June 2014 Yesterday was an incredibly exciting day. The previous time I had been to Paris I hadn’t been able to make it to the Chateau, and after briefly visiting it a couple of days ago I was even more excited to have a look inside. We had purchased tickets online the day before, so didn’t have to line up to get inside. We had to go through a security checkpoint, where we had to put our bags through an x-ray machine and we had to walk through metal detectors. After no hiccups we were free to go inside! The entrance led us out into the courtyard, behind the gold gates. The front of the Chateau is amazing. The gold details stand out beautifully against the dark blue. Once in the courtyard we walked across to the start of the tour. We decided to line up for audio guides, and were …

Last day in Paris & Flying to Germany

(I apologise in advance, because for some reason WordPress will not let me create paragraphs.) Today was our last day in Paris. The weather was looking pretty terrible so we decided to just hang out at home, post our postcards and finish packing. In the afternoon we hopped in the car and Catherine drove us to Charles de Gaulle airport to catch the plane to Dusseldorf, Germany. On the flight we were given complementary food and drink, so we took advantage of this by getting a small bottle of Rose wine each. The plane ride went by without a hiccup, it seemed like the shortest flight I’ve ever taken. It was interesting adjusting languages. We were now so used to saying “merci,” that the “danke’s” took a while to come out naturally. We caught the S-Bahn to the main train station in Dusseldorf and then tried to find our way to our hotel. This proved harder than expected and we ended up walking around in circles for a bit, so much so that we risked …

Montmartre & The Sacre-Coeur

(You can alternatively, or additionally check out my vlog of the day here) Today was the day that we had put aside for a trip to the Louvre, and after a ride on the RER we hopped out to have a stroll along the Seine in the drizzle. On the way to the Louvre Catherine took us past the Pont des Arts to have a quick look at a photo. The Pont des Arts is the bridge that is full of padlocks. Catherine told us that regularly the bridge gets too heavy and the sides of the bridge fall off into the Seine and have to be replaced, but within a few days the new part will be filled with padlocks again. It was quite cool to see, especially after seeing it numerous time in films etc. After a quick photo we crossed the road to the Louvre. Almost instantly we were astounded by how many people were there and how bloody long the line was! The line stretched from the entrance at the pyramid …

Massive Day in Paris

Waking up today I felt like I’d had the best sleep I’d ever had in a long time. We had a massive day ahead of us though, so it was definitely needed! We had English muffins and coffee for breakfast and also met Catherine’s son Matthieu, who had been away for a couple of days golfing with friends. We then caught the RER to ST Michel Notre-Dame train station, which is right by the Notre-Dame Cathedral. We then lined up to get inside. The line was so strange though and it took forever to find the end of it. It literally went around in a spiral, with the end of the line in the centre of the spiral. Inside the Cathedral was beautiful. The detail that has gone into every inch of it is amazing; it’s no not hard to imagine why it took nine centuries to build. There was also a school choir that was performing while we were there, which just added to the atmosphere and made the experience even more special. While we saw the statues and the gargoyles at the …

First day in Paris

Flying into Paris at 7.30 meant that we had a whole day ahead of us. We’d had a pretty long (but slightly uncomfortable sleep,) so weren’t feeling too bad, just maybe a bit disorientated. We met my Aunty Flora and her family friend Catherine (who we’d be staying with during our time in Paris,) at the airport and drove from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Catherine’s house in the suburb of Versailles. We were quickly greeted by crazy traffic and crazy motorcyclists- they are seriously ruthless. Once we were at Catherine’s house, we got time to get settled and relax before heading down to the little town square area to pick up some fresh bread, meat and fruit for lunch. Lunch was a three-course affair. With entrée,  mains and dessert, plus coffee to wash it all down at the end. After lunch we decided we’d go to have a quick look at the Château de Versailles, because my aunty had never been there before and she had to leave in the afternoon to go back down to Limoges where she …